Knucklehead Red Ale | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing

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Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by womencantsail on 07-06-2011

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by Nugganooch:
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3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the pub – Long Beach, CA
Notes taken from 06/03/14 – Taster from flight

A: Light crimson color that actually takes on more brownish hues with some red tones than anything. Really fine clarity to this one. Thin layer of khaki cream holds firmly eventually slipping out to a mere crown. Tiny dots and a few splashes of lace decorate the glass on the way down.

S: Malty biscuit is pronounced with some light toffee and more toasted bread than anything else here. I get some soft underpins of earthy hops to the nose but this is more about the malts. Very fresh clean aromas I will add.

T: Toasted bread and biscuit predominantly with some subtle toffee like sweetness. Earthy hops are present with a very mild orange citrus character to it. There is a low level of actual bitterness to the beer and no alcohol to report in flavor. Nice dryness towards the finish. Well balanced and quite drinkable but a bit run of the mill for me.

M: The mouth feel is light to moderate with a nice creamy texture to it. There is a low amount of actual bitterness on the palate and the beer finishes with a nice drying sensation. Very clean overall.

D: This is a more traditional malt forward red. And I must say it is well balanced which makes for a nice sessions but I guess I was just hoping for a the amped up American style Red here. Nothing against it or the traditional style but Beachwood makes such awesome hoppy beers here that the potential is there for something much more killer. Glad I only opted for a taster.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at The Bruery Provisions. Orange coloured body. A good hop aroma and orange citrus bitterness in the flavour. Decent for the style, good drinkability, average mouthfeel with toffee, mild toastiness. Good introduction to Beachwood's beers, which get good marks from my acquaintances here.

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Photo of riotontheroad
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mindfuldave
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GMan310
4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

what to say about this beer then amazing! smells so good a must try here at beachwood

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Starts of with sweet caramel malts, toffee, and bread. There are some floral hops in the background, but not too much citrus. A nice bit of toasted bread/malt in there as well.

T: The flavor is fairly sweet with an emphasis on the toast, toffee, and caramel malts. A nice breadiness along with some floral notes and a light hop bitterness. Just a hint of citrus peel.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Although I prefer a hoppier red ale, this had great balance to it and was very easy to drink.

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Photo of DCon
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA for $5. Received in a 16oz Pint Glass and enjoyed this and then half of their Kilgore Stout.

Aroma- Good amber smell. A bit of caramel aroma and high maltiness. Very clean smelling.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that dies down quickly (should have good retention). Clear, amber color body and leaves decent lacing on the sides.

Flavor- Very malty, a bit of earthy hop flavor, and then can taste a sweet, caramel taste. Very balanced and has a sweet finish with low bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied (should be higher), Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves bit of hop on the palate.

Overall Impression- Like any BrewPub, their brews are usually decent and then they have AWESOME guest taps. This beer was very good and represented the Amber Style well. I could drink this beer all day. Tough thing was it should have had more body and bitterness but this was okay. Now onto many other CA breweries!

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Beachwood BBQ and Brewing.

A: Golden red with a big creamy white cap.

S: Pronounced biscuit and toast with ample caramel malt. Earth accompanies pine and orange.

T: Lightly sweet biscuit and bread with some caramel. Hops are earthy and bitterness is restrained. Citrus is reminiscent of orange and subjugated by the malt.

M: Medium in body with matching carbonation.

Overall: A nice hoppy red. I finished my 10oz glass and wanted more.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark red with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with citrus zest and subtle citrus fruit aromas. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmmortale
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Knucklehead Red Ale from Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
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